, who rounded off her cycling career with a silver medal in the women's individual sprint at the 2012 London Games, is looking forward to enjoying a life beyond the sport. The 31-year-old Team GB champion cyclist will tie the knot with her fiancé, Scott Gardner, next summer and cannot wait to start planning the wedding.
Pendleton, who retired at the end of the 2012 London track cycling event, was beaten by her Australian nemesis, Anna Meares, who claimed gold in the women’s sprint final this week. Pendleton ended her hugely successful career with gold and a silver medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The two-time Olympic champion is now set to plan her wedding next year to fiancé Scott Gardner, ex-Team GB sports scientist. “I’m looking forward to trying some dresses on,” she told ITV’s Daybreak program, according to Telegraph.
Pendleton, a nine-time world champion, said she was excited about being “part of the family again” as she no longer has to devote herself to cycling.
Moreover, the cycling champion insisted that there were no hard feelings between her and her Australian arch-rival, Meares, who defeated her in the women’s individual sprint - her third and final event in the 2012 London Games.
Pendleton was aiming to become the first British female cyclist to win three Olympic gold medals - she picked up one in Beijing, but was denied her golden goodbye after Pendleton was judged to have veered out of her lane in the final few meters.
“You just have to move on, really,” Pendleton said, adding that she had a “huge amount of respect” for Meares.
“Without that level of competition and pushing each other, we might not have moved the sport on in the way we have,” she told the BBC.
Victoria Pendleton, from Stotfold in Bedfordshire, went on to say that she was relieved to retire, as she had a hard time dealing with the pressure of racing at the top of the game.
"I have been training for a long time now so I have noticed over the last couple of years niggles appearing more often through training," she said. "But psychologically coming in as reigning Olympic champion into a home Games has possibly been one of the hardest things I've mentally had to contend with and I wouldn't want to do it again."
Pendleton added that while she was giving up racing, she would still be getting on her bike. “I’ll always ride my bike for fitness,” she said. “I love riding my road bike and that will never change. I couldn’t live without it.”